“Milkman” Schweigert Returns to Deliver at PDRA

As Greek mythology had it, the Phoenix rose from the ashes, renewed and stronger than before. Abbotsford, British Columbia’s own, Terry “Milkman” Schweigert seeks to do just the same this week as he returns to Drag965 Pro-Extreme Motorcycle (PXM) racing with the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA).

About a year after winning the 2021 Man Cup World Finals event at South Georgia Motorsport Park, Schweigert—alongside Dan Wagner of DTM Performance—lost almost everything in a catastrophic fire. Now, after a couple years away from the track, Terry is poised to emerge from catastrophe aboard Dale “Lighting” Leeks’ PXM (featured photo above with Leeks in the seat).

Once word of the devastating fire made its way to Elmsett, England, it didn’t take long til Leeks’ bike was crated and shipped across the pond for Dale to race it in the United States with the XDA and for Terry to race it at select events.

And now, after putting the proper pieces into place, Schweigert will be riding the most recent XDA PXM event-winning bike this weekend in the Performance Polish North vs. South Shootout at Maryland International Raceway in Budds Creek, MD. Terry will be racing the DTM Performance prepared, Suzuki GSX-powered bike alongside two Grothus Dragbikes ridden by fellow Canadian Jean Gosselin and Iowa’s, Brunson Grothus.

As a fourth generation dairy farmer, Terry (whose father recently passed away) knows the value of surrounding oneself with good people. He saw and knew of this value over 15 years ago when he wanted to race the ADRL full time and made the decision to hire Dan Wagner to help him go fast. He continues to know the same value as he returns to racing with the help of Leeks Landscaping and Stuart Crane’s Warpspeed Racing.

Terry Schweigert, Dan Wagner and Al Lash at the Qatar Racing Club in 2014. Photo by the late, great Khalid Saif AL-Mesalam

Ed Grothus was on the plane shortly after he heard about the fire to help and support Dan, that’s what friends do,” said Schweigert. “Dale and Andrew shipped their bike from the UK to the US so I could ride it, that’s what friends do. So many people to thank.”

“If you’re going to put a rider on your bike, you put your all-time hero on it,” said Leeks. “I sent the bike there in the first place for Terry to ride after the fire. I’m stoked Terry is going to ride it and I’ve been able to live out my dream to race over there. It’s just a fairy tale for me. But to see Dan and Terry back together will be awesome. I spoke to Dan the other day and I could hear the old Dan back in his voice. It’s re-lit the fire in his guts.”

“After racing 12 years with Terry, I can’t express how much I miss racing with him the last two years,” said Wagner.

Terry’s return will start Wednesday with an all-day test session at the newly renovated Rockingham Dragway. For those interested in testing as part of the private track rental, or simply seeing Terry back stateside, please reach out to Dan Wagner for additional details. With professional prep, this test session is an excellent opportunity for PDRA teams en route to Maryland and for NHRA teams prior to next weekend’s Virginia Nationals.

To watch Terry’s return to competition, be sure to catch FloRacing’s coverage starting at 9:00 AM Thursday through the completion of the event Saturday night. “Looking forward to going fast and having fun with my people,” finished Schweigert.

story by Bradley Grothus, photo by Terrence Belton courtesy of XDA

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